Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club

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Update: Community Connect is now free for October... see Tashina Beckmann King’s post below!

Hello dance family!

I miss all dancing with everyone and hope you’re all doing well!

Tashina Beckmann King and Cameo McHenry have created a special platform called “Community Connect” that focuses on the social aspects of West Coast Swing that many of us miss the most! This is unlike any of the other platforms I’ve seen, since it allows people to move into and out of virtual tables in the ballroom with different topics, so you can choose how you spend your time connecting with others, dancing, playing games, learning, etc. Check out this sneak peak:

https://vimeo.com/463165438

Community Connects are happening 2x/month starting Saturday 11-12:30pm (plus a bonus Halloween Connect).

GPSDC and Phoenix dancers can use this special link they created for us for 20% off to anyone who signs up for the Monthly or 3-Month “All-In” registration tier (valid until the first Connect this Saturday, the 3rd):

https://www.ourdance.global/p/community-connect?coupon_code=phoenix

Here’s their Facebook live announcement of what we can expect.

I hope to see your beautiful faces (via we**am)! I miss your beautiful faces, smiles, and our fun dances!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=766843610763642&extid=CtXc1jt8xF96u44Q
Happy Happy Birthday Beautiful Fern! I hope you had a wonderful day. Next year we will PARTY!!!!! Love You XO
Here's a great weekend to visit historic Santa Fe, New Mexico! The Land of Enchantment can satisfy all your dancing, green chile, skiing, Spanish architecture, and Meow Wolf needs!!!
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Friday January 24th, Blues & Swing Dance
https://www.facebook.com/events/2609843499246908/
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Saturday January 25th, Swing Workshop & Dance: Rollin' in the Roarin' 20s
https://www.facebook.com/events/456630701717159/
Discount for “GPSDC” Members
to all Carrie Lucas workshops!
Discount for GPSDC Members
For all Carrie Lucas workshops !
I need suggestions for good music/band/club to DANCE DANCE DANCE on my birthday Saturday, September 21st!
Any ideas?
Thank you!
This is the most fun FUNdraiser ever. When you donate to my page on the American Cancer Society's website, you get raffle tickets and a chance to win a huge array of dance related prizes. Check out the prize list and be prepared to be amazed!
https://www.facebook.com/events/739633769706455/permalink/848553992147765/

You do not have to be present to win! We have had winners from CA, CO, TX, FL, MO, NH, CT, NC, VA etc.
Here's how it works: You make your donation, and then Dori Eden will PM you to see how you want her to spread out your raffle tickets.

We need to put an end to breast cancer! We need more treatments. Awareness about early detection is essential and American Cancer Society is doing wonderful things to help fight this disease! One in every 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. I never thought I'd hear those words, but I did. I am lucky that I caught it early and I am healthy now.

Dancers can make a difference!

Please make your donation here: www.main.acsevents.org/goto/thegirls2019

Robert Royston talked about this FUNdraiser last year. Check out what he had to say:
https://www.facebook.com/robertroyston/videos/10156663028483474/UzpfSTI2MTI5NDYxMzkwMDY1MDoyMjY1NjQ0OTQwMTMyMjY0/
Today's featured West Coast Swing song is "H***Y TONK BLUES" a traditional rhythm & blues by award winning guitarist, Tim Stark. Royalty Free use for dancers making videos, just give song/artist credit. Find on Itunes, Spotify, Google, etc or preview here https://www.reverbnation.com/timothystark/song/9322042-honky-tonk-blues-west-coast-swing?source=artistMusic
The Pulaski Club Board members and Officers would like to invite you to our Annual membership drive and Veterans appreciation dance. We welcome you, your Group or Organization to join us at our club house for some laughter, dancing, friendship, a delicious meal and drinks.
FREE admission for Military Veterans, 1st Responders and Government employees. Club members are encouraged to attend the membership meeting starting at noon. The Polish kitchen will be open and serving a nice Polish meal, and the Bar serving some cold beer and drinks. Music provided by the Nickelcity express band from 2 to 5pm.
See you Sunday September 9th, festivities start at 1pm, let’s have some fun at Arizona’s only Polish Home, the Pulaski Club, we are located at 4331 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, Az. 85008 ,for more info: (602) 275-9329
Mesa High School (1630 East Southern Ave, Mesa 85204) is having their annual Swing Dance this Saturday, May 19 from 7pm - 9pm. The event is held in their lower level cafeteria. $5 payable at the door simply to help cover costs for custodial and security staffing. We would love to be able to share some music with you including many standards from the bands of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman.
Hey, fellow swing dancers. I would like to share a link that a fellow dancer, Julia Loving, shared with me and I think it is well worth the read and consideration. The article that needs to read is “Questions for a Lindy Hopper”. Thank and lets continue to grow, respect, and have fun.

We are Arizona's original West Coast Swing dance club. We host a dance class and social on Friday nights. We also offer a free concurrent Juniors dance program for kids 17 and under.

GPSDC is the host of the Phoenix 4th of July WCS convention. A Non-Profit Swing dance & social club providing a place to meet & socialize and share our love for West Coast Swing dancing

Operating as usual

Photos from Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's post 09/09/2021

‼️Tomorrow night‼️
Make your plans now! Bring yourself, bring your family, or just bring your kids. We offer classes for everyone. No partner necessary. See you there.

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their phone number. 08/31/2021

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their phone number.

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their phone number.

08/31/2021

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Thank you to all the workers building America. Factories, mines, ironworkers, assembly lines, construction, and many more.

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Thank you to all the workers building America. Factories, mines, ironworkers, assembly lines, construction, and many more.

Photos from Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's post 08/22/2021

Looking for a great family activity? Maybe a date night? Why not try swing dancing. Join us at Fatcat Ballroom in N. Phoenix on Friday nights. We have kids and adult classes and then we all join together for a time of dancing, practicing what we learned.
Classes begin at 6:45.
(No classes or dance on Sept. 3rd)
We offer individual and family memberships too!

08/21/2021

Check out our Beginner class tonight! Full of newbies!!! Come join us on Friday nights, 6:45, at Fatcat Ballroom in N. Phoenix.

Check out our Beginner class tonight! Full of newbies!!! Come join us on Friday nights, 6:45, at Fatcat Ballroom in N. Phoenix.

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their information in their About section. 08/17/2021

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their information in their About section.

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their information in their About section.

Photos from Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's post 07/29/2021

We would like to thank Butch Viola for his years of service to the GPSDC as Music Director

Butch has been a member of the club for many years, and was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2019 for his exemplary service to the GPSDC. Butch became our music director 6 years ago. Since then we have been able to enjoy the tunes he has provided for our dancing pleasure. As music director he has been at the GPSDC dances every week with his own equipment to DJ and oversee the other DJs.
Butch has also set up the sound system at the Phoenix 4th of July and other conventions.

Butch has chosen to step down for a while, and we want to thank him for his service and loyalty to the club. We will miss him and hope he will come back from time to time to DJ for us again.

07/25/2021

The winners and runners up of the 2-Step competition going on to represent The Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club at the Arizona Dance Classic in August. Congrats to all!!
Winners(on the left): Stuart Simon and Debbie Kruger
Runners up(center): Raymond Longoria and Lorena Jimenez

The winners and runners up of the 2-Step competition going on to represent The Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club at the Arizona Dance Classic in August. Congrats to all!!
Winners(on the left): Stuart Simon and Debbie Kruger
Runners up(center): Raymond Longoria and Lorena Jimenez

07/18/2021

The Ben Morrris workshop weekend was great and the photos show it. Here's a happy winner of a private lesson with Ben Morris, Becky Tomczak. This was sponsored by the GPSDC club.

The Ben Morrris workshop weekend was great and the photos show it. Here's a happy winner of a private lesson with Ben Morris, Becky Tomczak. This was sponsored by the GPSDC club.

07/17/2021

Our 2021-2022 Board
Tina French-President
Jan Sandlin-Treasurer
Carol Miller-Sergeant at Arms
Penny Peterson-Membership
Jim Hopson-Vice President

We still need to fill our Secretary and Hospitality positions, so if you are interested please let us know. Look at these lovely faces! Don’t you want to work along side us?
We also would love volunteers to help with our weekly E-Blast, Web page, PR. Do you have these skills or are willing to learn them? It is great experience and will help the club that gives generously for all of you.

Looking forward to great things this year.

Our 2021-2022 Board
Tina French-President
Jan Sandlin-Treasurer
Carol Miller-Sergeant at Arms
Penny Peterson-Membership
Jim Hopson-Vice President

We still need to fill our Secretary and Hospitality positions, so if you are interested please let us know. Look at these lovely faces! Don’t you want to work along side us?
We also would love volunteers to help with our weekly E-Blast, Web page, PR. Do you have these skills or are willing to learn them? It is great experience and will help the club that gives generously for all of you.

Looking forward to great things this year.

07/17/2021

[07/12/21]   The Ben Morris Workshop Weekend was a huge success!! If you missed all of the learning, dancing, and catching up with friends then you really missed out. We will definitely be planning another awesome Workshop Weekend in the future. Thank you all for your support and thank you to WCS Tribe “Swing it Sundays” and Desert City Swing for taking a field trip to our event to collectively support our WCS community.

07/12/2021

This is part on the J & J competition.

Photos from Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's post 07/10/2021

Ben Morris was dancing with us Friday night. That's only the beginning. Workshop weekend with Ben Morris starts tonight (Saturday July 10 at 7:00 pm) Arizona Ballroom Champions.
1805 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ. JOIN US

[07/09/21]   If you are a member of the Club and have not voted in our current election please request an email ballot SOON!!!
[email protected]

07/08/2021

The West Coast Swing world has lost an icon. Skippy Blair passed away on June 30th, 2021 at age 97. Either directly or indirectly, Skippy Blair has touched almost everyone in the West Coast Swing community. Known as, "the teacher of teachers", Skippy Blair developed the Universal Unit System, which is a system of teaching West Coast Swing that uses a simplified rhythm notation that only uses those elements necessary for dance rhythms.
Skippy Blair is the founder of the Golden State Dance Teachers Association and the co-founder of the World Swing Dance Council. Skippy Blair is credited with naming West Coast Swing. She was instrumental in West Coast Swing becoming the state dance of California.
Skippy has written seven books about dance, created numerous instructional videos. Those are still recommended.
She has been inducted into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame, the Hustle Federation Hall of Fame, and received the Feather Award for the Person who Most Influenced Couples Dancing in the USA.
Skippy Blair has been influential in the training of many West Coast Swing champions including Jordan Frisbee, Tatiana Mollman, Mary Ann Nunez, Sharlot Bott, Jessica Cox and more.
Skippy created numerous intensives on all aspects of West Coast Swing dancing, teaching West Coast Swing, and judging West Coast Swing.
Skippy began her dance career in 1938, as a Jitterbug dancer on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and in 1941 became the Jitterbug champion, with her partner Red Rex.
Skippy Blair has appeared in many movies and choreographed for several TV shows as well.
Skippy Blair is also a minister, licensed in the state of California to perform wedding ceremonies. Skippy was the officiant at the wedding of GPSDC's George and Pat Pavlatos.
There is not an aspect of West Coast Swing that Skippy Blair has not influenced in one way or another. She is truly a legend in the world of West Coast Swing. RIP Skippy Blair.

The West Coast Swing world has lost an icon. Skippy Blair passed away on June 30th, 2021 at age 97. Either directly or indirectly, Skippy Blair has touched almost everyone in the West Coast Swing community. Known as, "the teacher of teachers", Skippy Blair developed the Universal Unit System, which is a system of teaching West Coast Swing that uses a simplified rhythm notation that only uses those elements necessary for dance rhythms.
Skippy Blair is the founder of the Golden State Dance Teachers Association and the co-founder of the World Swing Dance Council. Skippy Blair is credited with naming West Coast Swing. She was instrumental in West Coast Swing becoming the state dance of California.
Skippy has written seven books about dance, created numerous instructional videos. Those are still recommended.
She has been inducted into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame, the Hustle Federation Hall of Fame, and received the Feather Award for the Person who Most Influenced Couples Dancing in the USA.
Skippy Blair has been influential in the training of many West Coast Swing champions including Jordan Frisbee, Tatiana Mollman, Mary Ann Nunez, Sharlot Bott, Jessica Cox and more.
Skippy created numerous intensives on all aspects of West Coast Swing dancing, teaching West Coast Swing, and judging West Coast Swing.
Skippy began her dance career in 1938, as a Jitterbug dancer on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and in 1941 became the Jitterbug champion, with her partner Red Rex.
Skippy Blair has appeared in many movies and choreographed for several TV shows as well.
Skippy Blair is also a minister, licensed in the state of California to perform wedding ceremonies. Skippy was the officiant at the wedding of GPSDC's George and Pat Pavlatos.
There is not an aspect of West Coast Swing that Skippy Blair has not influenced in one way or another. She is truly a legend in the world of West Coast Swing. RIP Skippy Blair.

Non Profit Swing Dance Club Founded 1981 Where Legends are made 07/05/2021

Non Profit Swing Dance Club Founded 1981 Where Legends are made

Raffle tickets for a PRIVATE LESSON with Ben Morris this Saturday, July 10th, 1:30pm are available for purchase online or in person at our dance this Friday, July 9th. Drawing will be held at the dance the 9th.
$5/1 ticket
$13/3 tickets
$20/5 tickets
‼️YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN‼️

www.greaterphoenixswingdanceclub.com

Non Profit Swing Dance Club Founded 1981 Where Legends are made West Coast Swing dance club, dedicated to the promotion, preservation of west coast swing social dancing, competitions and fun.

07/03/2021

The Club is waiting for all of you to return when you are ready. Some great teaching going now and then awesome open dancing until 10pm. You still have time to join us ‼️TONIGHT‼️The air conditioning is blowing cold. Come on out!!

07/02/2021

WIN a private lesson with BEN MORRIS
Come dance on Friday night and buy a $5 raffle ticket or 5 for $20.
$120 value

Have you bought your ticket yet for the Workshop Weekend?
July 10 & 11 with Ben Morris? details www.greaterphoenixswingdanceclub.com

WIN a private lesson with BEN MORRIS
Come dance on Friday night and buy a $5 raffle ticket or 5 for $20.
$120 value

Have you bought your ticket yet for the Workshop Weekend?
July 10 & 11 with Ben Morris? details www.greaterphoenixswingdanceclub.com

06/26/2021

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss it!!
Become a member of the club to get that member discount and save throughout the year.

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss it!!
Become a member of the club to get that member discount and save throughout the year.

[06/25/21]   It’s Friday, that means Club dance tonight! Come join us at Fatcat Ballroom. Mona Brandt is teaching the lessons beginning at 6:45, dance at 8:30pm.
‼️We are having a raffle to win a FREE Private lesson with Ben Morris the weekend of July10-11.‼️
Purchase your raffle tickets tonight at the dance.
See you on the dance floor.

06/19/2021

We have a raffle for a Private Lesson with Ben Morris during our workshop weekend July 10-11. They can be purchased at any of our Friday night dances. Drawing July 9th.

We have a raffle for a Private Lesson with Ben Morris during our workshop weekend July 10-11. They can be purchased at any of our Friday night dances. Drawing July 9th.

06/19/2021

There is plenty of room on the floor when you feel comfortable coming out to dance again. We see new and returning faces each week. Looking forward to the floor being full again soon!

[02/13/21]   I had a blast teaching at the Club tonight. Thank you all for your support, kind words, and encouragement. You all did an awesome job too!!!We’ll do it again!!!

😁❤️😁TINA😁❤️😁

01/05/2021

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's cover photo

greaterphoenixswingdanceclub.com 12/25/2020

Non Profit Swing Dance Club Founded 1981 Where Legends are made

ONLY 1 MORE DAY TO RENEW YOUR membership for $25. January 1st it will be $45 for everyone.
Go to the website page and click on the join the club and scroll to renew.
GreaterPhoenixSwingDanceClub.com

greaterphoenixswingdanceclub.com Please complete the membership form below for single membership or family then scan and send the signed copy to [email protected] or mail to GPSDC, P.O. Box 97459, Phoenix, AZ 85060

12/16/2020

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's cover photo

12/15/2020

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE IS MONDAY DECEMBER 21, 2020.
The GPSDC is very sad to report that our long time club and Hall of Fame member, Shirley Murray, has passed away.
Services will be graveside on
Monday December 21, 2020.
Resthaven Park Cemetery
12:00 pm
6450 W. Northern Ave.
Glendale, AZ

[12/11/20]   Don't let December pass by without renewing your club membership. You can renew for only $25 until December 31.

12/05/2020

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's cover photo

11/24/2020

Our next dance will tentatively be on December 4th, with Rob I teaching. We will be instituting a wristband system as follows
• Red Wristband: I'm only dancing with a specific partner
• Yellow Wristband: Please ask me to dance, but only if you are willing to wear a mask and I will also wear my mask
• Green Wristband: I am comfortable being asked to dance whether you are wearing a mask or not
We hope that everyone who comes out to dance will feel comfortable and safe with this system

11/24/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy the Holiday weekend. There will be no GPSDC dance this Friday, November 27th.

11/18/2020

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11/18/2020

Join the virtual Party! The US Open Swing Dance Championship celebrates 38 years of West Coast Swing history on November 27th - 29th. You can be a part of this virtual weekend of past performances, highlights, US Open History, Walk of Legends and Hall of Fame, live panel discussions and more. Only $38 for a year subscription. Go to https://usopenswing.com/2020-schedule/ to see the schedule and to sign up!

[11/12/20]   The Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club has cancelled the Friday night dances at Fatcat Ballroom for the remainder of November. Several dancers in the community have become sick, exhibiting multiple symptoms, therefore, using an abundance of caution, we are continuing the closure for the month of November, to stop the possible spreading of any viruses. We want to look out for our dance community and make sure we all stay well. Dances will resume on December 4th.

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club

Phoenix's original West Coast Swing dance club. It began in 1981. First 4 Fridays a month, come dance with us at Fatcat Ballroom. 3131 E Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ. No need for a dance partner, we rotate during lessons. If you aren’t a member you are welcome as a guest.

The 5th month is reserved for Mona Brandt’s Country night.

Dance & class $7 members $10 non members. The Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club is host of one of the first swing conventions, Phoenix 4th of July Swing Dance convention, is now planning it’s 39th year. Held at J W Marriott Camelback Inn. We just finished our 38th year and had such a blast with all that attended. The dates for this year will be July 1 - 5, 2020.

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First dance of 2020!!!
Butch Viola and Vanessa at our Holiday party.
Practice over & over #PhoenixWesties #gpsdc1 #lovedance
Olivia and Robert after teaching a great class. #thanks #westcoastswing#lovedancing #phoenixwesties
Learning good tips!
Just a part of the fun J& J!!

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3131 E. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ
85032

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Weekly dances on Fridays at FatCat Ballroom. 3131 E Thunderbird Rd Phoenix, AZ 85032 Great place to make new friends and dance west coast swing!

Opening Hours

6:45pm - 11pm
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